Cobourg and District Images
Paul Kane (1810-1871)
Description
Media Type
Image
Item Type
Drawings
Notes
Paul Kane was born in Ireland but came to York (Toronto) as a boy. He studied painting at Upper Canada College and after working in Detroit, Michigan and Mobile, Alabama he went to Europe for two years to study his art. In the early 1830s, he lived in Cobourg and painted portraits of many prominent citizens. Having developed an interest in western Indians, Kane arranged to visit their territories, leaving Toronto in May 1846. He went as far west as Fort Vancouver on the Columbia and over to Victoria and returned in October 1848. His field sketches and watercolours are an important record of a period before photography. In 1853 he married Harriet Clench, the daughter of Cobourg's famous cabinetmaker, Freeman S. Clench. Returning to Toronto, he spent the next six years making a series of 100 large oil paintings from his work.
Inscriptions
The late Paul Kane
Publisher
Canadian Illustrated News, 1871
Date of Original
1871
Subject(s)
Local identifier
750-4
Collection
Historical Photographs
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.95977 Longitude: -78.16515
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Contact
Cobourg Public Library
Email:info@cobourg.library.on.ca
Website:
Agency street/mail address:

200 Ontario Street, Cobourg, ON K9A 5P4

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Paul Kane (1810-1871)